Al Fresco Marin


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Posted in Best Marin Attractions on Monday, September 16, 2013 by MCVB Staff

September's Indian summer weather invites diners to enjoy an abundant array of al fresco eateries here in Marin County. From Mill Valley to West Marin, we've found five great spots to savor fresh-air meals this fall:


Stinson Beach:

Breakers Cafe: The popular cafe in Stinson's tiny town center invites beach-goers and coastal travelers to enjoy their deckside breakfast and lunches. Breakfast specialties such as omelettes and egg scrambles are served all day. For lunch, choose from fresh fish tacos, grilled quesadillas, burritos and burgers.


Mill Valley: 

Piazza D'Angelo: Set in the woodsy heart of downtown Mill Valley, Piazza D'Angelo invites al fresco diners to enjoy their delicious Italian fare on two outdoor garden patios. A wood-burning oven creates tasty, thin crust pizzas and their northern Italian specialties include seafood risotto, Osso Buco and cannellini bean soup.



Left Bank: The Rive Gauche meets Marin on this cozy patio of this authentic Parisian-style brasserie located in Larkspur's historic Blue Rock Inn. Start with an amuse bouche of raw oysters or escargots before enjoying traditional French classics such as steak frites, mussels, roast chicken or duck breast.


Point Reyes Station:

Cowgirl Creamery and Cantina: Marin's renowned artisan cheese-maker is located in a former hay barn in picturesque Point Reyes Station. Perfect for a casual West Marin-style picnic, the Cowgirl Cantina's take-away deli offers local breads, wines, sandwiches and salads, and, of course, a wonderful selection of cheeses, which you can enjoy in their shaded picnic area.


San Rafael:

Panama Hotel: The Panama's "tropical patio" dining has been a neighborhood dining and music destination in San Rafael for nearly 30 years. From calamari salad, fish tacos and pulled pork sandwiches for lunch to mushroom ravioli, scallop tostadas, Kobe flat iron steak and rack of lamb for dinner, the Panama is classic destination for dining under the sun or stars.


Please also view Ben's blog in the Examiner

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Piazza D’Angelo Ristorante

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